A new footage capturing the visit of late United States President John F. Kennedy in Ireland in 1963 has emerged after over four decades of being kept in a drawer.
The 20-minute color film shows Kennedy riding in an open sedan car and waving to the crowds in the town of New Ross in County Wexford in southeast Ireland to visit his ancestral home.
Local resident Peggy Walsh recorded the grainy video on June 27, 1963, five months before Kennedy’s assassination. Walsh is now 98 years old.
Walsh’s daughter, Ann Larkin, discovered the footage in a drawer earlier this year and had it digitally converted.
“The drawer was a dark, dry space, and that helped preserve it,” Larkin said, as quoted by IrishCentral.
Larkin has donated the film to the New Ross Library to become part of the Kennedy Book and Research Archive.
The footage will be shown to the public for the first time at an outdoor screening on Sept. 2 at the New Ross Library Park as part of the annual Kennedy Summer School.
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